Sahiba Madan

Architect / Illustartor / Designer

A city where street slang is not just limited to the streets.

Bombayia. Mumbaiya. Bombai ki bhasha. Call it what you want, Mumbai’ street slang defines Mumbai just as much as the local trains, the pav bhaji or the city’s undying spirit. And it is not just limited to the streets of Mumbai. It has seeped into and remained a staple of its movies and its colloquial conversations.

In fact it has even found its way into how people communicate while travelling on roads in their own vehicles or while taking public transport.

This is what inspired Sahiba Madan, our latest designer for Taxi Fabric, to create ‘Tapori’. Speaking of her Sahiba says, “I’ve been in Bombay all my life. And since architecture school we’ve been trained to draw inspiration from the most mundane and daily objects of our environment. One day, while driving in the city I realised how unique the road transport language and gestures are; how the entire road traffic functions on these terms, phrases and gestures. And that’s where the idea for the design came from.”

Sahiba started her design career after working as an architect for two years.

“Design is so vast, that you cannot limit yourself to a specific field. As architects, we are trained to design every single aspect of every space, which is probably the reason I am currently taking on graphic and product design projects, working full time through my handle, KalakaariHaath.”


Sahiba feels that the greatest challenge she faces as a designer are “finding opportunities for growth and sustaining a life as a designer in this country.”

When Taxi Fabric approached her for the project, she readily agreed and was extremely excited to get started.

“The idea of anyone and everyone being able to experience a space that I’ve designed was really thrilling.”


As a designer Sahiba has always been inspired by India’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. She also admits tobeing a bit old school in her approach. And she loves it.

“Unlike the recent trends, I’ve always enjoyed the traditional ways of design. My efforts have always been to try and bridge the gap between the traditional and the contemporary. The decision of illustrating my entire taxi design by hand was inspired from the same thought process.”

Well, that makes Sahiba’s ‘Tapori’ a hand crafted salute to Mumbai’s street slang. Doesn’t it? 


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Funded through Kickstarter by Tom Claessens

Sahiba's Taxi is sponsored by Tom Claessens from Berlin, he is one of our backers on Kickstarter who also visited us in Mumbai to view the making process.

Tom's pledge on Kickstarter enabled him to design his own taxi which was designed by his friend from Amsterdam, Annelies van Limbeek. View her work here.


"I always felt that I should have started buying art very early on. It is very important to invest in art in any capacity to support the artists. No one supports them and there is hardly any talk about it. Funding this project is one of my first steps towards my belief."
- Tom Claessens, Berlin.